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  • February 20, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
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Champions League Preview: AC Milan - Barcelona

The in-form Rossoneri face one of the most intimidating challenges in European football as they prepare to do battle with the Catalans at San Siro on Wednesday.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio
Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino
Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta


AC Milan will assess forward Stephan El Shaarawy (knee) ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash against Barcelona.

Mario Balotelli is cup tied and Nigel de Jong is sidelined with an ankle injury, but Giampaolo Pazzini (hamstring) is available.

Elsewhere, Daniele Bonera (thigh) and Robinho (knee) are doubts, while Philippe Mexes returns after serving a one game European ban.

Barcelona is boosted by the return of playmaker Xavi, who has recovered from a hamstring problem.

However, Adriano (thigh), Eric Abidal and David Villa (both illness) have not made the trip to Italy.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan is on a seven game unbeaten run in Serie A and has won its last six matches at San Siro in all competitions.
  • The Rossoneri faced Barcelona four times in the Champions League last season, drawing two and losing two.
  • Bojan Krkic (pictured, right) made 163 appearances for Barca between 2007 and 2011, scoring 41 goals.
  • Barcelona has won eight of its last 11 away matches in the Champions League and is targeting a sixth straight quarterfinal appearance.
  • The Catalan giant is on a seven match unbeaten streak against Milan.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 56 goals in the Champions League, level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and behind only Raul (71).
Watch Barcelona vs. AC Milan this Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer!

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
-Mario YepesDefender
-Bryan CristanteMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
5BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker

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